West Seattle Whale Watch: Orcas passing by again

December 11, 2012 at 8:56 am | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 5 Comments

If we get word of orcas off West Seattle, we’ll always give you the heads-up – so you are hereby notified, we just got a text (206-293-6302 around the clock) about sightings “between Alki and Vashon, heading south.” As always, please share a comment (or text, or call) if you see them!

5 Comments

  1. Near the east coast of Vashon now, two or three miles south of the ferry dock, headed south.

    Comment by Jim — 9:54 am December 11, 2012 #

  2. This is kinda cool.
    http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/orca-pod-swims-under-kayakers/20u0n0gj

    Comment by WSratsinacage — 9:55 am December 11, 2012 #

  3. Thanks for the update, Jim! I didn’t see them when I went out earlier; guess they must have been south of where I can see. Hopefully they’ll return north later today when it’s not raining.

    WSratsinacage, that was a cool video. Thanks for posting the link.

    Comment by Trileigh — 10:24 am December 11, 2012 #

  4. Check out this BBC video on NPR.org of orcas hunting sea lions. Scan down through the article as it comes after the pidgeon hunting catfish.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/12/11/166865309/pigeon-interuptus-a-fish-that-hunts-pigeons-on-land

    Comment by Bill — 3:07 pm December 11, 2012 #

  5. Just to make sure everybody knows the difference:
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    Southern Resident Killer Whales – the ones we usually see here, especially this time of year – dine on fish, not marine mammals.
    .
    Other populations, especially the “transients” seen other times of year, are usually the seal (etc.) hunters.
    .
    Just a datapoint – and also an important one in distinguishing the populations (related also to the current petition to have the locals “de-listed” as an endangered species) … TR

    Comment by WSB — 3:44 pm December 11, 2012 #

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